Monthly Archives: July 2008

Glorious Quotes: Urban Meyer Edition

From this article in Sunday’s Gainesville Sun (italics mine):

The evening began at 6:30 with a pep talk from Gator coach Urban Meyer.

In addition to introducing his staff and pumping up his program, Meyer also told the prospects that no walking, yawning or slacking of any kind would be tolerated.

“If a team comes in here without energy and togetherness, we’ll beat them by three touchdowns,” Meyer told the assembled players.

Well, then, what was Tennessee coming in with last year? Apathy and anarchy?

And Florida State, last year and in 2005? (Actually, those answers are Bobby Bowden’s players and Jeff Bowden’s playbook, respectively.)

It may just be an innocuous quote; consider, though, that Meyer had to know reporters were there and scribbling, and that the event is as much about seeing players as it is getting seen in the media.

Even if it wasn’t intentional, it’s a great subliminal by a guy who’s mastered the arrogance of being the Head Gator without being quite as obnoxious as the Ol’ Ball Coach.

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Even the AP Makes “Misktakes”

So I went to to read their British Open recap, which, at this point, is just AP copy, as is usually the case very shortly after any event.

And I get this (italics mine):

SOUTHPORT, England — Turns out Padraig Harrington‘s wrist was strong enough to hit all the right shots in the British Open. Better yet, it was strong enough to lift the silver Claret Jug.

Harrington became the first European in more than a century to win golf’s oldest championship two years is a row, smashing a pair of fairway metals into the par 5s Sunday that allowed him to pull away from misktake-prone Greg Norman and hold off a late charge by Ian Poulter for a four-shot victory.

I mean, that’s just damn funny, right? (As of 3:41 PM EST, it’s fixed.)

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The Hornets: Less Poseur With Posey?

The Wednesday after baseball’s All-Star Game is the quietest day in American sports, really the only one that doesn’t have a substantive event from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, the PGA Tour, or NASCAR.

So little things, like James Posey signing with the New Orleans Hornets, make big news. (And, as a newly minted Hornets fan, I’m paying more attention to this than most.)

John Hollinger isn’t a fan of the move. I am. Continue reading


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